Oakland International High School
Geoffrey Gailey discovered his twin love of science and teaching while still in high school when he worked as an ecology and conservation instructor at a summer camp. Geoffrey earned his BS in biological sciences and his teaching certificate from Cornell University. During college he worked as a research assistant at various campus labs. He also volunteered at Ithaca High School and other area schools and community centers. Geoffrey minored in education and began working on a graduate degree in teaching in his senior year. “I love biology because it is so fascinating and teachable. I enjoy teaching because through it, I get to share my love of and excitement for the natural world.”
As an undergraduate, Geoffrey was on Cornell’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s List and a Howard Hughes Biological Science Summer Scholar. He has long volunteered as an interpretive guide at Ithaca’s Cayuga Nature Center. In Geoffrey’s varied adventures as a biologist, he has fed a pill to an ill hawk; managed a butterfly garden; been stalked by a puma, grizzly bears and rattlesnakes; found dinosaur fossils; photographed rare birds; and seen the fallout of a meteor impact.